Alvin Ellis Breeden Alvin Ellis Breeden, 70, of Earlysville, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the Martha Jefferson Hospital. He was born on August 30, 1942, in Charlottesville, the son of the late Luther Breeden and Vernie Roach Breeden. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Breeden and Troy Breeden; one sister, Betty Shifflett; and one grandchild, Daniel Shifflett. He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Faye "Sandy" Morris of Earlysville and Tammy Lynn Shifflett and husband, Thurman "TH", of Ruckersville; one brother, Amos Breeden and wife, Audrey, of Earlysville; three sisters, Mavis Collier of Stanardsville, Irene Roche and husband, Hollis, of Earlysville, and Pansy Terry and husband, Steve, of Nelson; three grandchildren, Tonya Sanders and husband, Ian, of Utah, Amy Shifflett of Ruckersville and Jesse Morris and wife, Lydia, of Earlysville; and three great-grandchildren, Isaiah Sanders, Elijah Sanders and Reagan Morris. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison conducted by Pastor Eddie Dean. The interment will follow at Pine Ridge Church Cemetery in Earlysville. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the funeral Home. At an early age, Alvin acquired a passion for bluegrass, which led to his mother teaching him the "claw hammer style" of banjo at the age of ten. By the time he was sixteen, he was playing professionally with Bob and Cindy Dean. It wasn't long before he had a band of his own, The Virginia Cutups, which played for thirty years. During his musical career he played with such well-known musicians as, Jim Orange, Ralph Stanley and Don Reno, and was invited to tour with Bill Monroe. Alvin, along with the great fiddler, Scottie Stoneman, were honored for their achievements by receiving more awards than anyone in Bluegrass at that time. Song writer, Paul Craft, wrote the song, "Fastest Grass Alive, in Alvin's honor, and it was recorded by The Osborne Brothers. Alvin was entered into the Piedmont Fiddlers Association Hall of Fame in 2001. Alvin inspired and mentored so many people throughout his many years in music. His fan base spanned the globe from as far away as Sweden, Japan and England. After fifty-two years of doing what he loved, the "rigors of the road" lead him into retirement.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.